Cynthia Goh is a Partner with the Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets Practice Group in Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, schemes of arrangement, reverse takeovers, divestments, corporate finance, capital markets and general corporate work.
Cynthia also advises on securities laws and regulations, stock exchange procedure and compliance issues.
She was listed as one of Asia’s leading business lawyers in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions in the 2003 AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers survey. She has also been cited by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2004/2005) as having ‘experience and standing in the market’ and recommended by Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2013) which noted that “Cynthia Goh ..…. provides ‘consistently sound advice’.” Recently, she has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Singapore 2013 and 2014 in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC) and identified in the AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers 2014 in the area of Corporate-M&A.
She has been involved in both cross-border as well as local deals. Recent deals handled include the cross-border deal involving the sale by the Lee Rubber Companies of their entire shareholding interests (representing 100% of the issued share capital) in Anson Company (Private) Limited to Halcyon Rubber Company Pte. Ltd. for an aggregate cash consideration of S$450 million; the sale by OCBC Bank and its insurance arm Great Eastern of their stakes in Fraser & Neave, Limited and Asia Pacific Breweries Limited to Thai Beverage and its affiliate for S$3.8 billion; and United Engineers Limited’s competing general offer for shares and convertible bonds of WBL Corporation Limited at S$1.25 billion. She was also involved in the high-profile contested control for Parkway Holdings Limited valued at over S$3 billion, for NatSteel Ltd valued at over S$760 million, the competing takeover offers by DBS Group Holdings Ltd and United Overseas Bank Limited for OUB, the competing takeover offer for The Straits Trading Company Ltd, the S$33 billion merger of two fully licensed banks in Singapore, and the S$1 billion merger of two stockbroking companies listed on the Singapore Exchange.
On the cross-border front, she was involved in the S$1.6 billion takeover of the London Sumatra group (an oil palm company listed in Indonesia) and London-listed Millennium & Copthorne's £556 million acquisition of over 40 hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. The former deal won mention in Chambers Asia - Asia's Leading Lawyers (2009 Edition) as follows:
“The team advising Indofood Agri Resources on the SGD1.6 billion acquisition of a majority stake in the Jakarta and Surabaya stock exchange-listed PT Perusahaan Perkebunan London Sumatra Indonesia.”
Memberships / Directorships
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Author of ‘A Q&A guide to mergers and acquisitions in Singapore’ – published in the PLC Global Counsel Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook 2004/05